A fossil found in China has revealed one of the most unusual dinosaurs ever discovered. The Changyuraptor, which is the subject of research published in Nature Communications, had long tail feathers that allowed it to fly in a way more like a modern day plane than a modern day bird. The dinosaur had four “wings,” and was, according to the study, carnivorous.
The study concerning the Changyuraptor was authored by Luis Chiappe, from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, among others. The research was published by Nature Communications today after being accepted for publication in June. According to the research Changyuraptor means “long-feathered raptor,” and the fossil represents the largest four winged dinosaur ever discovered.